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Icerunners On Test

Written by  Julia Tregaskis-Allen 20 March 2013

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Scott Icerunners and the ion-mask!


Winter Ramsey Round - Record Broken

Written by  Julia Tregaskis-Allen 17 March 2013

Last month the record for running the winter Ramsay round was well and truly broken.

The 'Ramsay's Round' is a 24-hour hill circuit of 60 miles taking in 24 summits of Scottish Munros including; Ben Nevis, the Aonachs, Grey Corries, the Loch Trieg group and the Mamores with a total climb of around 28,500 feet / 8686m. First run by Charlie Ramsay in 1978, this is one of the world's toughest mountain running challenges and taken on and completed by very few.


Barefoot Running

Written by  Julia Tregaskis-Allen 09 March 2013

To run barefoot, or not?
Barefoot running is getting a lot of attention these days. Should you retire those well-worn shoes and go 'au naturel'?


Why music makes it easy!

Written by  Lindsay Cannon 11 February 2013

Interesting article in the New York Times on exercise and why we are "physiologically lazy...Using treadmill testing, scientists have definitively established that, like other animals, humans naturally aim to use as little energy as possible during most movement."


Foire de Saint Ours

Written by  Lindsay Cannon 10 February 2013

What an amazing experience! Recently spent a day at the Foire de Saint Ours, in Aosta, Italy. For over one thousand years artisans have gathered at the end of January in the beautiful Roman city of Aosta to celebrate their craft in wood and stone. I was dragged along by a friend who said he wanted to check out the Fair - I interpreted this as a few stalls and a quick Italian coffee then home again. In fact I was bemused that my friend, an avid ski mountaineer, should want to visit town on a blue sky powder day !


Christmas Gifts

Written by  Julia Tregaskis-Allen 23 December 2012

Festive Madness

Our base in the Alps, Chamonix, makes one of the world's greatest Christmas destinations. What with the snowy activities, festive lights and warming vin chaud it's hard to go wrong and impossible not to get in the spirit to celebrate.


Snow conditions in Chamonix

Written by  Lindsay Cannon 19 December 2012

What a fantastic start to the season in the Alps - waist deep powder in the mountains and searing blue skies to dazzle even the most jaded eyes! It must be the best early season snow in ChamonixFrance for at least ten years, or certainly that seems to be what my memory is saying.


Free BMC DVD's

Written by  Julia Tregaskis-Allen 12 December 2012

The British Mountaineering Council's DVD ‘Rock Climbing Essentials’ is the sixth in a series and covers all the skills for rock climbing in the UK. There are also two three snowy BMC DVDs, two of which, Alpine Essentials and Off Piste Essentials were filmed in the Alps and feature our very own Lindsay Cannon as the narrator.


Chablais Snowshoeing

Written by  Julia Tregaskis-Allen 12 December 2012

Swimming with snowshoes? Traverse of the Chablais, France

“Right!” said Fred. “Six days across the Chablais mountains in winter carrying all our kit and a dip in Lake Geneva at the end?” He’s not one to be overly demanding is Fred, as long as I can come up with a decent snowshoe hike of more than 725 m ascent, and around 10.5 km in length, plus a good hotel at the end of the day with a huge hot-tub with views to the mountains, excellent local food, a masseuse on tap, and a very good red wine then he’s pretty much happy!


Snowshoeing - What to Wear?

Written by  Lindsay Cannon 12 December 2012

What to Wear Snowshoeing?

Believe me, what to wear on the mountain causes a lot of consternation. More than a few glasses of wine/beer have been consumed debating this all important question as our guests contemplate their ‘mountain fashion statement’ for the next day. In Chamonix, France we joke about the ‘mountain fashion police’ removing you forcibly from the mountain for not sporting the correct attire.